Charles Sandison

Yvon Lambert New York

It has always seemed that more artists should have followed Jenny Holzer’s lead, illuminating and animating words in order to address the complex variety of ways in which kinetic texts address us in everyday life. Charles Sandison is one of the few to have done so, and he accomplishes it by unbridling Holzer’s structure and uniformity, unleashing it in installations governed by an abstraction that is both visual and syntactic.

In earlier installations such as male & female, 2002, words, generated by a computer and projected onto walls, clustered together to form figures. In the works in this show, words move in constellations, colliding with and sometimes annihilating each other like the rudimentary avatars in early video games. In family unit (all works 2005), the words MALE, FEMALE, MOTHER, FATHER, CHILD, FOOD, OLD, VIRUS, THREAT, and DEAD coalesce to create a kind of living installation,

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